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May 9, 1925

TOXICITY OF THE CASTOR BEAN

Author Affiliations

State College, Pa.

JAMA. 1925;84(19):1418. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620450004013d
Abstract

Certain cases of sensitiveness to the poisonous action of the castor bean have been reported by Arnold,1 Bernton,2 Robbins3 and Snell.4 A number of such cases developed in connection with experimental and research work involving the use of the castor bean and its products in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Chemistry of the Pennsylvania State College. Much work has been done in this department with the castor bean, particularly with the ricinus lipase.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.  —Mr. S., an instructor in the department, during the fall of 1922 contracted what appeared to be a severe cold, marked by violent and continuous sneezing and coughing, with irritation and edema of the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, eyes and ears, together with a dull headache and watering of the eyes. The condition seemed to grow worse instead of improving, and he gradually developed congestion

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